Who is your dream director for the 'Superman' reboot? Got someone in mind? Okay, now see if that person is one of the five filmmakers shortlisted by producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas: Tony Scott ('Top Gun'); Matt Reeves ('Cloverfield'); Zack Snyder ('Watchmen'); Duncan Jones ('Moon'); and Jonathan Liebesman ('The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning'). It's a mixed bag, as reported by Deadline, with Scott coming in as the relative veteran against a crop of fresher talents (and non-talents, depending on your view on their work). Meetings have already begun and Nolan is supposed to make a decision in a few weeks.
Surprising, perhaps, is the absence of Jonathan Nolan in the group. The brother of 'The Dark Knight' helmer Christopher Nolan (who is "godfathering" this re-ignited superhero franchise) was rumored to be in line to make this his directorial debut. It is possible he's still being considered and simply doesn't need to be shortlisted because he wouldn't need to take a meeting with his sibling. Also not on the list, because he passed on the project, is Guillermo del Toro, who we recently learned had been offered the gig by the studio earlier this year. Fortunately, the rumored Chris Columbus is absent, as well.